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Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013 2:00 am

On Olympic wrestling:

The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee in a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Feb. 12 chose 25 out of the 26 sports contested in the 2012 London Olympics as core sports for the 2020 Olympics and added wrestling to the seven shortlisted sports “vying for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic program as an additional sport.” In the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, 27 sports will be contested — the 25 core sports plus golf and seven-person rugby. In the 2020 Summer Games, 28 sports will be contested. Thus the 28th sport must be chosen out of the seven shortlisted sports plus wrestling.

In a meeting in Russia in May, the IOC Executive Board will pick one out of the eight sports for the 2020 Olympics. Thus there is the possibility that wrestling — which has federations in 180 countries around the world and has played a prominent role in the Olympics in both ancient and modern times — will not be a part of the 2020 Olympic Games.

The decision is a blow to many countries including Japan, whose wrestlers have performed well internationally. It will discourage many Japanese youths who have taken up or plan to take up wrestling, including girls who were inspired by Saori Yoshida, who won three consecutive Olympic gold medals in women’s freestyle. Women’s wresting was introduced for the first time in the 2004 Athens Games. In the London Olympics, four events in freestyle were held for women and seven events in both Greco-Roman and freestyle were held for men.

The IOC Executive Board has the responsibility to provide a full, official explanation for its sudden decision, which appears to have been made in haste. ...

... Japan should join the other countries that are opposed to the IOC’s decision and launch strong lobbying activities to save Olympic wrestling.

The Japan Times, Tokyo

On Big Brother watching:

Big Brother is definitely watching, and it’s got a lot of you worried.

That’s one of the lessons from Sun Media’s exclusive Leger survey that looks into the privacy concerns of Canadians.

When it comes to what issue is most important to us, 47 percent of survey respondents put threats to personal and family privacy first. That’s far ahead of the environment (15 percent) and the world economy (14 percent).

... Our information is being taken from all over the place.

Sometimes this can all be rather benign.

Casinos in Canada take pictures of everyone entering, but the information isn’t kept on file unless you’ve signed up for their self-exclusion programs.

While our Internet browsing is tracked, it’s usually just used for marketing.

But it can be downright worrisome.

People’s lives have been impacted by identity theft. This is aided by all the information we toss out there — not just online, but through our purchases.

Australian police are planning a facial recognition databank. Thankfully Canadian police aren’t that far ahead. ...

Sure, people like Ontario’s privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian are looking out for the regular guy. But it was government employees who lost data-keys containing personal information. Thousands of Canadians received letters saying their confidentiality had been breached.

As one survey question showed, a vast increase in security cameras is the least of your worries. Canadians would sooner see that happen than let the government keep their DNA on file or put a GPS device on their car.

The bottom line is that street smarts — or online smarts — matter. ...

Some people have gone online to scrub up their social media accounts. Others went as far as completely ditching the online world.

Keep that in mind the next time you tweet out your deepest secrets and personal information.

Calgary (Alberta) Sun

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